I'm afraid one of my main characters may be stereotype Is this ever okay? First, some background...my protagonist ends up being a famous singer/songwriter, but not by aspiration. Instead, she deals with some tough things and meets people along the way who propel her into that lifestyle (and all the bad stuff that goes with it). One pivotal character is a black saxophone/piano/guitar player who speaks with a Jamaican accent and performs at an underground jazz club. I've made him this way because: 1. He speaks very bluntly to her. He is a sort of father figure, so his speech must come off as matter-of-fact, but not too rude and not too loving. Hence, he starts sentences with "You..." and "See here, girlie..." but even though it's delivered harshly, it is also endearing. 2. He needs to be artistic to encourage her to get into the business. He's also spiritual, which plays into the protag's character arc. 3. His playing in an underground club introduces the protag to a lifestyle that is eventually her undoing (i.e. drugs). She is a girl from Connecticut, so she isn't going to go into an undergroud jazz club unless she has a reason to. And he has to be laid-back enough to let her hang herself, but stern enough to give her warnings and bring her down from the rope when she doesn't listen. BTW, he's black only because of the Jamaican accent. Any thoughts? Am I shooting myself in the foot for having a Jamaican Jazz player in my book, regardless of how round his is? There is obviouly a lot more to this character than I can go into here... If this is a stereotype, would it be a terrible thing to leave it be? Thanks in advance for your help!